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A little girl named Eva Burn, living at Wellington, was choked to death by a peanut,

There was a clean sheet—the first for several weeks—at the City Police Court this morn'ng.

The Supreme Court case of Guthrie v. Lang has been fixed to be heard on Wednesday, the 7th inst. The compensation claim of the Native chief Paul v. the Government has been sctfc'cd by the payment by the latter of LI ,500.

A bankrupt named Edward Jones Foothead, a plumber at Wellington, had his discharge suspended for twelve months for not keeping accurate books. Petitions of insolvency were filed yesterday by George Eraser and William Fraser, trading as Fraser and Sons, proprietors of the Phcunix Foundry, Auckland. The • Waipawa Mail' is threatened with an action for libel, LI.OOO damages being claimed, alleged to have been published in its columns over a year ago. News received from the Vogan exploration party iu Central Queensland states that they are all well and have succeced in obtaining valuable botanical and zoological specimens. During the stay of H.M.S. Lizird at Milford Sound a seaman, David Smith, disappeared, and was supposed to have deserted by swimming ashore. Jle was arrested by Constable Joyce in a hut at Otahu station, Waiau, on Sunday night and tagen to Invercargill. He admits that he is the man Wanted.

At the annual meeting of lodge representatives of the Order of Oddfellows in Auckland district, the report Btatcd that the united sick funds amounted to 1.26,900 (omitting shillings and pence), the management funds to L.7,252, and the district funeral fund to LG.522, showing the grand total to be L 40.674, being an average of L 35 per member. In giving his decision in the case of the Property Tax Commissioner v. Thomas Reid, heard at Wanganui yesterday, His Worship said that the Act provided for a penalty of not less than LSO or more than LIOO for sending in false returns as to property, and unless there was some strong reason it was not usual to inflict the full penalty, and he thought that he would be doing his duty by imposing a penalty of LSO, which, of course, carried with it a treble tax on L 10,250. The confession of Haira Te Pira, murderer of the Pool? family on the Fast Coast, has been presented to the Legislative Council. It concludes:—" No other person but Hohepa had anything to do with this murder. No one knows about it but myself and Ilohepa. I know that I am to die on Monday. I now say that the whole of this statement is true, as I am about to stand in the presence of God. Thero is nothing false in it.—(Signed) Haika Tu Pira." The eleventh annual social and general meeting of the Dunedin Young Women's Association was held at their rooms, Moray place, last evening, when there was a large attendance of members and supporters of the society. After tea had been partaken of and a social hour spent, the business of tho evening was proceeded with. The annual report, which was unanimously adopted, stated that the luncheon rooms conducted under the auspices o£ the Association had been attended iu a manner satisfactory to all concerned, the number of those attending having increased from 9,157 to 14,782. The report also dealt with various matters of interest to members, and it was hoped that the sympathy and support that had previously been accorded the society would be continued and increased during the ensuing year. The treasurer's report was also of a satisfactory nature, and showed that the Association was becoming financially stronger each year. There waß still a debt of LSOO on the building, but it was hoped that this would soon be wiped off, tho support given to tho society during the past twelve months furnishing good reason for believirg that anticipations in this connection would bo realised. The election of office-bearers resulted as follows: —President, Mrs Paul; vice-president, Mrs Teevan ; treasurer, Mrs J. G. M'Leod; secretary, Mrs W. D. Stewart (re-elected); committee—Mesdames Robert Gillies, A. C. Begg, Blackadder, T. Dick, Bannerman, Borrows, Low, Will, Menzies, Dunlop, Ramsay, and Miss Burton. During the evening a number of vocal and instrumental selections were contributed by several members and friends, and an enjoyable evening was spent by those present,

The funeral of the late Mrs E, B. Cargill took place yesterday afternoon, and was largely attended. Tho family of the deceased occupied six mourning coaches, and there were thirty other vehicles forming the procession, which was fully half a mile long. The Rev. Dr Stuart officiated at the grave. We understand that Judge Ward'B solicitors have accepted service of a writ at the instance of Mr Christie, of Oamaru, who claims substantial damages from the Judge for alleged malicious prosecution and falso imprisonment. Messrs Hislop and Creagh are acting for Mr Christie, and Sir Robert Stout will appear for the Judge. At this morning's sitting of the Resident Magistrate's Court the only case wa3 an action brought by A. Porter against G. Garrick, a claim of L2 Is Bd, on a judgment summons. Defendant did not appear, and an order was made for him to pay the amount by instalments of 10s per week, in default three days' imprisonment. Messrs F. Meenan and C. Hayues, J.P.s., presided. Ann Brown, an elderly woman, who resides in King street and who lives alone, accidentally set fire to the sleeve of her dress with a lighted candle last night, and before theflameswere extinf uishod wasseverely burned about the wrist and arm. She was removed to the hospital, where her injuries wore attended to by Dr Barclay ; and, upon inquiring this afternoon, we learn that she is progressing as favorably as can be expected considering the severe nature of the burns.

The Christchurch 'Telegraph,' referring to the proposal to restore the number of members of the House to ninety-five, says : —" We unhesitatingly say that the Government ought not to listen to any proposal to go back to the original number of members. On the contrary, if electors would be careful, and vote for suitable representativea only, a very substantial further reduction in the number of members could take placo. If logrolling, stonewalling, and the other evils which are entwining themselves round our Parliamentary system could only be done away with, a House of thirty or forty members would be amplo; and, furthermore, they would be able in one month with eaBO to get through all the administrative and legislative work we want done. It is about time some check should be put on the verbosity and waste of time which is taking place in Parliament House." The editor of the English 'Methodist Times' having seen it reported that Cardinal Manning had said that, "had it not been for the preaching of John Wesley, no man could tell how deep in degradation England would have sunk," wrote to know if ho was correctly reported. Cardinal Manning sent the following courteous and interesting reply:—" I have so often spoken in the sense of the enclosed paragraph, and even more fully, that I cannot remember when, where, or under what circumstances these words were spoken ; but you will find their equivalent at page 36 of a preface to ' England and Christendom,' and in the last of 'Four Lectures on the Grounds of Faith.' lam thankful to say that I have a warm sympathy with all who love our Divine Lord and labor for him."

There was another large attendance at the Princess's Theatre last evening, when the second representation of tho new programme put forward by the Hugo Minstrels was given. In the first part tho most successful items were the songs ' To be there,' by W. Hugo, and ' Who's going to wear them ?' by his brother; an original medley by Miss Priscilla Verne,' and ' Tho bold jack tar' by Miss Tessie Cleveland. In the second portion of the entertainment Miss Verne appeared in a London sensation entitled ' O'er the bridge,' in which she portrays the different conditions of life as seen on that thoroughfare. In this Miss Verno scored a distinct success, and was loudly applauded. The other items passed off successfully, the farces as usual creating considerable merriment. Tho programme will be repeated for the last time this evening, another change being announced for to-morrow night, when the Spanish Students will appear in conjunction with the company. The PioDeer Lodge, I O G.T., held a successful social reunion in tho Rattray_ street Hall last even ; ng, the proceeds beirg'in aid of the benevolent fund of the Order. Bro. W. Thompson, N.G., delivered an address, dealing mostly with matters relating to the position of the lodge and the present state of the Order. Misses Dunne and Alexander contributed a plauoforte duet, and Miss Blaney was loudly applauded for her excellent rendering of a vocal selection. Mr T. Chapman's cornet solo proved a most enjoyable item, while songs by Miss Craigio, Messrs Toomey, O'Grady, and Springer roeeiveddue recognition. Someeightycouples danced until an early hour this morning to excellent music provided by Miss Dunne (piano) and Mr IJaigh (violin). The refreshment tables were provided and presided over by Mr W. Thompson, and under his supervision general satisfaction was given in this connection. Messrs R. P. Dunne and Collier acted efficiently as M.C.'s, and the success of the dance was largely due to their efforts.

Concerning tho dispute between the Education Board and Mr D. White the Oamaru ' Mail' saya editorially : " Clearly the sysstem (of sending down threo names only) has not given satisfaction to any of the parties concerned—committees nor teachers, nor dare we say to the Board themselves. Mr M'Kenzie, a member of the Board, objected to it some months ago; eighty-four committees objected to it and now the teachers object to it. Of course, only the teachers can be made amenable to tho Board's demands, and hence the Board proceed to call them to account for their actions. This conduct of the Board shows very clearly that they have felt very keenly the criticism of their lines of policy, but do not wish to acknowledge it, least of all at the dictation of tho teachers. What Mr White's reply may be, if he needs to make one, we do not know, but wo would respectfully suggest that none is required. He has charged noono with|favoritism, but if the shoe fits in the case of the Board the fault is not Mr White's. The question is one for public discussion, for we feel sure that the public are at one with Mr White."

Gaelic Society's eighth annual concert and ball in the Garrison Hall on Friday evening. The amual sale of juvenile work at Leavitt House will be commenced on Wednesday evening. The third of the sorics of Saturday aftornoon concerts will bo yivon in tho Choral Hall on Saturday. Half-yearly imrpblecturc of the M. U. 1.0.0. F., Otago District, at the lodge room, N.F. Valley, to-morrow evening. Annual general meeting of members of tho Otago Agricultural and I'astoral Association at Philp's Hotel to-mo-row at 3 p.m. Annual communication of Provincial Grand Lo-lge M.M.M. will be held in the Masonic Hal), Port Chalmers, to morrow evening. ' Kuin and Rescue,' a service of song, will bo given in the Linden WeMeyan Church on Thurediy evening in aid of tho organ fund. A mooting of the Duncdin shareholders of tbn Sir Francis Drake Gold Mining Company will be held at Watson's Hotel to-morrow evening. A vocil and instrumental concert will be given in Trinity Wesleyan Church to-morrow evening. The programme will be a sacred oro, and over seventy performers aro announced to take part. A concert in aid of St. Peter's Guild is to be given in tho Choral Hall to-morrow night. It will bo seen from tho programme, which appears eleewbere, that the services of several of our leading amateur* aud instrumentalists have been secured. The fifth auniver ary of the Gieen Island Unsectarian Church was celebrated on Thursday night, when a well-attended meeting was held in the church, and presided over by Mr T. G. Dyson. The secretary's report (read by Mr F. C. Martin) showed the church to be progressing favorably. The debt on the church had been considerably reduced, and tho membership had increased, Addresses were delivered by the Rev. Mr Hinton, Messrs W, Patterson and S. Clark. An ingenious contrivance is about to be brought out by Captain Woodward, of tho Royal mail steamer Don, by which it is proposed to do away with oars as a means of propelling shipb' lifeboats. It consists of a handpawer scrow propeller, which enables tho boat to be driven by anyone in it, though unacquainted with rowing. This, Captain Woodward points out, will obviate the chance of tassengers who may get away from a stranded ship finding themselves in a boat without oars or having them without anyone skilled in their use. The machinery takes up Httle room, and seems to be both efficient and simple,

The ordinary annual meeting of shareholders ' in the Roslyn Tramway Company, Limited, will bo held at the Chamber of Commeroo on Tuesday, August 6. Annual general meeting of shareholders of the New Zealand Refrigerating Company, Limited, in tho Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, August 7, at 3 p.m. The Roslyn Tramway Company have had a new terminal pulley acd trolly fitted at the Rattray street terminus. The rim of the new pulley is built in six segments and is Bft in diameter, and fastened to a cast iron boss by means of twenty-four iron spokes, tho whole cairied on a malleable iron trolly running on four small wheels. The new pulley and trolly were built from the design of Mr N. Y. A. Wales by the Engineering and Implement Company, who commenced the operation of removal of tho old pulley on Sunday at 1.30 am., and everything was finiehed ready for traffic in ten hours under contract time.

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Evening Star, Issue 7972, 30 July 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7972, 30 July 1889

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